Why and How to Use the Bluelight Filters on Your Electronics

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(Ep 7, 2019)

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Hi Javier with Live Well Mattress and Furnishing Centres and this Sleep Coach. Today I want to talk about the blue light settings on our electronic gadgets and why it’s important to use them to get better sleep at night. So because sleep coach is a quick format video, I can’t get really big into the details, but Gretchen and I have covered, uh, blue light and how it affects melatonin production and how it affects your sleep in a past video here. So click on that if you get a chance. That way you can learn the science behind what I’m about to tell you.

so before I give you a little quick tutorial on how to turn on the blue light filters on your electronic gadgets, uh, let me give you quick reasons as to why. So if you’re a person that, um, reads or watches videos within an hour of your bedtime, it’s important to turn on the blue light filter. And I’ll tell you why. It’s because blue light actually can stop production of melatonin or halt production of melatonin. Um, due to the, uh, resemblance of it being sunlight. Yes, it sounds kind of silly that your phone would resemble sunlight, but it your eyes adjust or rather see different waves of light and the blue light in your gadget actually can look like sunlight to have certain waves just like sunlight that will hold productions of melatonin and give you a hard time going to sleep. That’s actually the reasoning why the industry has finally recognized that blue light filters are important to have installed in your gadgets.

I have here an older Samsung tablet and uh, these guys didn’t come with a pre-installed blue light filter in them. Uh, what I can tell you is that to the play store or the Apple store actually has several blue light filters. The apps, uh, available, they’re free, some of them are free, some of them cost money. I would recommend looking at what the editor’s choices are because those are actually the ones that you know, have been tried out by either Google or by Apple. Uh, the newer gadgets such as the note 10 plus or the iPads. Uh, they actually have a setting in there and I’ll show you real quick on just a quick blanket tutorial on an Android screen and on an Apple screen so that way you can find the settings yourself and set them up at a certain time.

So this is the first time I’ve done a close up, so please forgive me on this. Um, so the first thing that you’re going to do is you’re going to go ahead and get into your settings on your tablet, okay. And then what you’re going to look for is you’re going to look for either display or you’re going to look for lighting. So the first thing that I’m going to find is display right here. Okay. So, um, I’m going to do a little bit of a closeup and then I’ll back off here. So once again, it was display right here in the settings and then we’re going to go to night shift. And what night shift does is night shift is actually the color changer on your display. Okay? So we can actually schedule that. Then right here, as you can see, we have this one scheduled from 10:00 PM to 7:00 PM or 7:00 AM that actually a 10:00 PM would be a little late for most people.

So what I would do is change that and change the blue light filter. Let’s say that you start getting ready for bed around nine or 10:00 PM so I would encourage you to change that to an 8:00 PM setting time just because you don’t want to have that blue light really disturbing your melatonin and slowing down your ability to go to sleep. So now that that’s set at 8:00 AM or 8:00 PM now you can see that from 8:00 PM to 7:00 AM you are scheduled for the blue light filter to turn on. And that’s a simple setting on the apples. So now I’m going to show you the Androids.

Okay, so I’m going to show you on my Android. This is a Samsung note 10 so I know your settings are going to be different and that’s why I mean that this is just going to be a blanket, a tutorial. But I just want you to know what to look for. Okay? So first thing you’re going to do is you’re going to go into your settings, which will be as a pull down menu on Samsung. So it’ll be this, this thing right here. So click on that. Okay. Now you’re going to go to the display settings, which will be right there. Okay. And I already have it set to a custom to a custom schedule. So what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna go ahead here. Okay. Um, I have a start time of 9:00 PM 9:00 PM and an end time of 5:00 AM. And what’s funny is I just told you to start the time around eight.

So I actually am breaking my own rule, which I had no clue. I thought I actually said it that way. So this is, this is fun. So now we’re just going to go ahead and set that to eight. Do this number. So now start time is 8:00 PM and end time is 5:00 AM the next day. Um, why this is important for me to have it start early is because I’m actually an early riser. I get up about four 30 sometimes or 5:00 AM sometimes. So that way when I get my phone and I’m getting ready for my run, um, I can turn on my audible and boom, I have the blue light. It actually helped me wake up, which ha, I mean it’s 5:00 AM it’s not gonna help you wake up. So whatever. Anyways, so that’s a quick tutorial on how to set it up on an Android.

Now you’ve seen Android and now you’ve seen Apple. So now you’ve seen a quick tutorial on how to set your blue light settings on your Android device or on your Apple device. Um, I know we didn’t cover every single device out there. Um, one might be slightly different, but the general idea is there. You can set a schedule, you can set it for two hours before your bedtime and you can set it for when you wake up in the morning. To give you a little bit more idea as to why it’s important to set up blue light scheduling. I’m going to go ahead and link over to a video that Gretchen and I did on the good mornings with sleep wall show about blue light and how it affects your melatonin production. So if you liked this video, if it’s helped you in any way, please subscribe to our YouTube channel or please like and share with your friends on Facebook. If it’s on Instagram, please give us a little heart that just helps us get out to more people. I appreciate you watching this video and I look forward to seeing you on other sleep coach videos. Have a great day.